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Holiday Trees And Your Pets

Holiday Trees And Your Pets

Live Christmas trees are considered to be mildly toxic to pets. Fir tree oil can irritate to the mouth and stomach, causing excessive drooling or vomiting for your pet. Tree needles are not easily digested, either, and can possibly lead to GI irritation, vomiting, or obstruct the gastro tract of your animal. Pine needles can also be ingested and puncture intestines, and pine is highly toxic to cats, potentially causing liver damage and...

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Senior Pets

Senior Pets

Cats and small dogs are generally considered “senior” at seven years old, but we all know they’ve got plenty of life left in them at that age. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans compared to smaller breeds and are often considered senior when they are 5 to 6 years of age. The “senior” classification is based on the fact that pets age faster than people, and veterinarians start seeing more age-related...

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Tips For Getting Your Dog Ready For The Holidays

Tips For Getting Your Dog Ready For The Holidays

Exhaust your dog before guests arrive. A tired dog is usually a well-behaved one. Take your pooch out for a good run before all the company comes over, just be sure to gradually wind down the activity level. Make sure ID tags are up to date. This should be the case anytime, but during the holidays especially, when people are coming and going and a pet might slip out the door. If you and your pooch are traveling for the holiday, tape the new...

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Things to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

Things to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate. Make sure your pet is appropriately identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they go through the open door while you’re with trick-or-treaters Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off,...

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy This Fall

Keeping Your Pet Healthy This Fall

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and helping him enjoy fall to the fullest, there are some things to keep in mind. Watch out for ticks Many species of ticks are active even into the winter and can survive the first frost. Don’t let ticks cozy up. Remove their favorite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter. Check for ticks frequently. Continue using tick control products,...

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Heartworm in Pets

Heartworm in Pets

What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm is caused by a type of roundworm that lives inside the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Heartworm disease is transferred by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also affect other parts if untreated, and can cause death. Symptoms Symptoms of heartworm disease are easy to miss. As the number of heartworms increases, the symptoms of coughing, lethargy,...

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